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Whole Foods are Best


Whole foods, foods that are organic and not processed in any way, are best. Foods in their natural and unprocessed state always contain the nutrients needed for their own metabolism, leaving them metabolically balanced. Every step of food processing reduces nutrients and potentially adds anti-nutrients.

A whole foods diet is one that is comprised of foods in their original and unrefined states. This includes whole, unprocessed grains; animal meats, organ meats, and bone broths; raw, cooked, and lacto-fermented vegetables and seasonal fruits; and unprocessed milks. Traditional whole food diets vary widely depending on the climate of a culture: contrast the traditional Inuit diet, comprised of seal and fish, eaten raw or fermented, with a Mediterranean diet, also rich in fish, but emphasizing vegetables and legumes. The Masai of Africa exist on a diet of cow's milk, meat, and blood. Despite the differences, all cultures with a traditional diet of whole foods thrived for years free from the degenerative diseases that modern, industrialized cultures suffer from.

In the 1930s, a Canadian dentist, Dr. Weston Price, became interested in health and traditional diets. He traveled around the world looking at different cultural dietary practices and determined that although all diets varied considerably, they did have several features in common: they all provided ample amounts of fat-soluble nutrients, contained animal products, and used foods in their unrefined states.

Traditional diets also tend to use specific food preparation methods, such as lacto-fermentation and the soaking of grains, legumes, and milk products. This eliminates mineral-binding phytic acid in grains and renders dairy products more digestible through the breakdown of casein. These traditional food preparation methods are often enough to make dairy and grains consumable by those who normally cannot tolerate them. Others, depending on their genetic background, will still need to avoid them completely.

Today`s diets are rife with processed foods. We consume flours that have been too finely milled, bleached and stripped of their outer hulls where B vitamins, minerals and other nutrient are found. White sugar is eaten by the pound and along with refined flours, leads to fluctuating blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, obesity, and eventually diabetes. Oils are extracted at high heats, denaturing their delicate structure, and then bleached or hydrogenated using toxic metals to make margarine or shortening, leading to autoimmune disorders and hormone imbalances. Vegetables and fruits, when we do eat them, are grown in mineral-deficient soils, sprayed with pesticides, irradiated, sprayed with chemical preservatives, waxed, and flown all over the world, leaving us prey to a multitude of degenerative diseases. Animals are raised in inhumane enclosures and fed hormones and antibiotics, leaving us with toxic meat. It is no surprise when surveying modern diets that poor health is so common. Eating a whole foods diet is the single most important change a person can make towards optimizing their health.

I suggest reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It is the whole foods and healthy living equivalent of "Joy of Cooking". Fallon gives many practical tips on how to set up a whole foods kitchen, how to ferment foods and soak grains and legumes, as well as provides excellent recipes. A must have for those concerned about their diet.

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DIETARY STRESSORS

• Frozen/canned foods
• Chemically treated water
• Margarine and modified or high heated fats and oils
• Caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate)
• Meats treated with antibiotics/steroids
• Fried foods especially “fast food” fried foods
• Refined carbohydrates
• Any highly refined/processed foods
• Non-fermented dairy
• Refined sugar
• Alcohol
• Refined iodized salt

DIETARY HEALTH SUPPPORTERS

• Fresh fruits, raw or gently heated
• Fresh vegetables, raw or gently heated
• Whole grains and legumes (soaked and rinsed before cooking)
• More fish and fish oils (fish skin)
• Pure, unrefined cold pressed uncooked oils
• Pure, untreated spring water
• Variety in food choices
• Organic
• Unrefined sea salt
• Naturally fermented foods
• Fermented dairy when tolerated

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